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IB Career-Related Program

What is the IB Career-related Programme?

The IB CP is the newest program in the IB family. The IB CP is a rigorous, two-year program starting in Grade 11. The CP is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique program addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. The program leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships, or employment.

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IB Career-related Programme at a glance

Career-related Programme students will access a broad, flexible education which will give them knowledge, practical training, intellectual engagement, and international-mindedness, while developing higher-order cognitive skills and academic behaviours that will enhance their employability and dramatically alter their world view.

Dr. Siva Kumari, IB Director General 2014

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The essential qualities of the IB Career-related Programme at JIS

  • A balance of breadth and depth of learning.

  • Flexibility of choice, including a mix of basic requirements and school or student preferences.

  • Localization that recognizes locally defined career-related studies, locally defined language development courses, and locally defined pathways for students.

  • Partnerships between schools and local universities, colleges and employers. Strong collaboration in planning and assessment between all teachers involved in the program.

  • A strong emphasis on learning that fosters intercultural understanding.

  • The development of critical thinking, inquiry, and research skills.

  • Strong student involvement in self-assessment and reflection.

  • A sustained experience of community involvement and service.

  • Rigorous assessment through a blend of external and internal assessment procedures.

  • Varied and dynamic teaching, supported by appropriate teacher professional development.

Who is the IB Career-related Programme for?

The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement. The IB CP is designed for students who want to dedicate themselves to career-related learning fostering lifelong, transferable skills in applied ethics, intercultural understanding, critical and creating thinking, effective communication, and personal development.


The IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile is a set of dispositions and values that ensure a sense of international-mindedness, that develops the student to a productive, positive member of the community irrespective of where they are and what they do.

IB Learner Attributes

Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Inquirers, Caring, Risk-Takers, Reflective, and Balanced

Why Study the IB Career-related Programme?

The IB CP prepares students for further/higher education, apprenticeship, or employment. It is more flexible than the IB Diploma Programme as it offers students more choice in their subjects. Students gain career-related experiences and graduate from high school with the skills they will need in the specific field of their choice.

The Career-related Programme helps students to:

  • Develop a range of broad work-related competencies and deepen their understanding in specific areas of knowledge through their IB Diploma Programme course

  • Develop flexible strategies for knowledge acquisition and enhancement in varied contexts

  • Prepare for effective participation in the changing world of work

  • Foster attitudes and habits of mind that allow them to become lifelong learners willing to consider new perspectives

  • Become involved in learning that develops their capacity and will to make a positive difference

Successful students studying the IB CP must:

  • Have completed the specified career-related study

  • Have been awarded a grade 3 or more in at least two of the IB Diploma Programme courses registered for the Career-related Programme

  • Have been awarded a grade of at least D for the reflective project

  • Have met personal and professional skills, service learning, and language development requirements 

  • Not have received a penalty for academic misconduct

The Core of the Career-related Programme

The components of the core are at the heart of the IB Career-related Programme and are designed to enhance students’ personal qualities and professional development.

The IB Career-related Programme core contextualizes IB Diploma Programme courses and the career‑related study, and draws all aspects of the framework together. The core is designed to develop many of the characteristics and attributes described in the IB learner profile.

Career Pathways

Savannah College of Art and Design

Launch your creative education early with award-winning, university-level courses. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme students can earn up to 25 credit hours at SCAD and benefit from unmatched resources and individual attention. Qualified high school students admitted to SCAD for dual enrollment through IBCP may be eligible to receive up to a half-tuition scholarship.

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Sustainability Management School (SUMAS)

SUMAS Career-related Studies® “Business & Sustainability” are designed for self-confident students, who have a clear idea about their career path. Students will pursue career-related education during the last two years of their high-school. This study program is relevant for all students who are interested in responsible management applicable in different fields.

The SUMAS CrS® aims to provide students with the foundational knowledge on managing sustainability and helps them develop their competencies in becoming responsible leaders.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)

The Embry-Riddle Dual Enrollment Program allows students to pursue advanced undergraduate courses while completing their high school diplomas. Credits earned from the Dual Enrollment Program can be transferred to a range of undergraduate degrees offered by Embry-Riddle, as well as other universities, potentially reducing the time needed to complete an undergraduate degree!

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World Academy of Sport (WAoS)

The Career Related Studies (CRS), International Sport Management (ISM) has been developed by World Academy of Sport (WAoS) and Federation University. The CRS offer is made up of three courses selected and specifically designed from the first-year university degree programme. As such successfully completion of the CRS provides a direct pathway to a Bachelor of International Sport Management offered by Federation University and includes credits in the first year of the undergraduate programme.

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Diploma Program Subjects

  • *Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

  • IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

  • For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Diploma Programme


International Baccalaureate (IB®) is a two-year pre-university program leading either to the IB Diploma or to separate IB subject certificates, depending on the student's plans for further education. A highly respected academic program, the IB is recognized by colleges and universities in nearly 90 countries across six continents.

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Advanced Placement


The College Board's Advanced Placement (AP®) is a rigorous academic program that allows academically prepared high school students to study and learn at the college level. Each AP course is modeled on a comparable college course.


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